Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts

Friday, June 7, 2013

Nintendo Fan GIFs

(That must be like 90 in blog-years, because it feels like you're slowly dying...)

So if you haven't already, you should check out tumblr. It's brimming with amazing art and animation, especially gifs. It feels like a new frontier for animation, in a way. I'm posting more often there these days, and a lot of my friends are too.

Anyways, thanks to tumblr, I've hopped on the GIF Train somewhat. Here's a sampling: a couple of Nintendo fanboy doodles that move.

Hope you like.

Monday, May 6, 2013

¡¡¡Estefan por la victoria!!!

Our senior class film, "Estefan," was a TON of fun to work on. I was lucky enough to be Animation Lead on it, and as a character animator I couldn't have asked for a better film to work on. Tons of fun, great story and great characters. Thanks to Lauren Oppenlander (the creator of Estefan), Jeff Call (the director), Lauren Taylor (the producer), Scott Gwynn (the art director), and the awesome faculty at BYU's Center for Animation for the opportunity.

Last year, right after we finished, we submitted it to SIGGRAPH, and lo and behold, we won the prize for Best Student Project! Also, this past week, we found out that we took first place at the College Television Awards, for BYU's 12th Student Emmy! Congrats to everyone on the crew. I'm super proud of this film.

I thought I'd take this chance to post two of my favorite shots from the film. As animation lead, most of my time was spent managing workload and deadlines for the rest of the animation team, and finishing up shots that were falling through the cracks. But I was lucky enough to get to animate two key shots from the film, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

This first shot was a ton of fun to do. It wasn't storyboarded this way (it was much simpler, just him looking at her head then looking up), but Jeff and the Laurens thought we could have more of a character moment here, so they left it to me to figure out.

After a while I realized that since Estefan can do anything, I'd try thumbnailing the wildest poses of him examining her head and trying to come to grips with her baldness (and come up with an idea of how to do her "hair"). The shot ended up being about 17 seconds longer than originally intended, but I'm happy to say that everyone loved the new story beat, and it made the cut.

This other shot was the first one animated on the film. It was a big challenge staging-wise, as we wanted to keep him in that bottom corner but still help him feel tense--tough to do when his shoulders aren't even really on screen. 

Also that final pose took a lot of work (and tons of iterations with Jeff's feedback) but I'm really pleased with the end result--the original boards had his back arched the other way, but in animation it didn't feel big enough and was really tough to pose given the lack of room. But once I tried having him turn around, everything kind of opened up. (Props to Josh Whiting, who did the awesome dynamics on the jenga blocks.)

Congrats to everyone on the Estefan team! Viva la Estefan!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


With such a strong sense of smell, it's a wonder that he can stand to smoke so many cigars...

...good thing he has regenerative powers, I guess.

Inspired, as always, by the awesome Marvel fan art going on at Jake's and Anthony's.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blathering Blatherskite!!!

When I was a kid, I thought Gizmoduck was the coolest. He had such an awesome techno-suit filled with all sorts of mind-boggling gadgets.

Man, when I was like 6 or 7, I wanted to be Gizmoduck so badly.
(yes, I had a mullet)
 Problem was, I didn't have a beak, and I wasn't allowed to swear. So I decided to make my own suit. 

I had it all worked out-- white t-shirt with the logo drawn on it, cool 1992 sunglasses, my sister's Barbie car (to act as the tire)...

...and for the arm-band thingies? I needed something long and white... my dad's socks were perfect!!! I would just cut up four or five pairs. He wouldn't mind, right?

I must say, the costume came together better than I expected. I looked just like Gizmoduck! I was ready to save Duckburg! I hoped my dad would like it.

When he walked in, his reaction was better than I could have dreamed!

He started swearing!
I was sooo excited!
I knew that at any minute, a high-tech suit was gonna come bursting through the door and he was gonna become....


But that's not quite what happened....

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cut Out the Middle Man

Having kids changes everything. EVERYTHING. For better and for worse.

One example: before we had kids, when we went to church, it usually went like this:
Ahhh. A day of rest!

Now it feels a little more like this:
And we only have two kids!!!

Church used to be about worship. Now it's all about SURVIVAL.
We're hoping God gives bonus points if you and your family simply live through sacrament meeting.

With this in mind, as we prepare for church we only have two goals now:

1. Make sure your kids don't disturb the other members of the congregation so much that they get up and leave in a huff and never come back.
This means bring snacks. LOTS of snacks.

2. Make sure you don't leave a complete mess behind.
NEVER forget the diapers and wipes.

Oh, also, if you can:

3. Try to learn something from the talk.
If nothing else, your scriptures will come in handy as a shield.

One recent Sunday, in our efforts to accomplish #1 and 2 above, we decided to give our son a snack during Sunday School.

The chair next to us was open, so we set a pile of Cheerios™ on the seat and let him at it.

Now, mind you, our son has shown a pretty impressive repertoire of motor skills and hand-eye coordination, so we figured he'd be perfectly capable of grasping a few pieces of said toasted oat cereal and delivering them successfully to his pie hole.

But he's a critical thinker, so he decided to skip an altogether unnecessary step:

So much for goal #2.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Here it is-- for your viewing pleasure:

DreamGiver was very successful as it traveled through the festival circuit. Some of the more notable achievements are the College Television Awards "Student Emmy", Cannes Film Festival, Anima Mundi, Comic Con, Adobe Design Competition, Angelus Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SIGGRAPH and over a hundred more!

Again, big thanks to Ty Carter for this awesome opportunity.

And yes, the DreamGiver does look like me.

And no, that wasn't intentional.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Here is a rough walk cycle test for the main character of our senior film, "Estefan". (I always want to call it our "señor film"...)
He is the greatest hairdresser in all of Spain... and by Spain I mean the universe.

Estefan Walk from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

More to come shortly.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

829 hours and 34 minutes later....

....we are done! Since May I've been working on Tyler Carter's film DreamGiver. Most of the film is 3D animation, but I got to be a lead on the 2D sequence of the film. We had a daunting task-- finish 50+ shots in practically one semester-- but we did it!!! We had an awesome team of animators and clean-up artists who really took this film as their own and made miracles happen.

In my humble opinion, this is one of the most beautiful student films I've seen (and trust me--that's not because of anything I did). I have been truly blessed to be a part of it, and to work with such amazing artists.

I hope to update my demo reel soon, and then I can share a festival-friendly post with you. Hopefully you get a chance to see the entire film somewhere as it makes its festival run over the next year or so.

Thanks Ty!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Illusion of Life

So in the Animation Program at BYU there's a class for sophomores to take called "The Illusion of Life". It basically allows for exploration into any four of eight or so different fields of animation while keeping a single story/set of characters in mind. It's pretty awesome, but WAY intense-- at least 20 pages of research and reference are expected for any assignment. It's great though because it really helps to get you in the mindset that the pros are in-- always learning, always exploring.

So here is my character line-up:

Some storyboards from the story:

I got to explore anatomy for one of my characters and for a horse. Here are a couple of images from that assignment:

And here is the pencil test featuring Joss, the main character of the story:

Joss from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Let the Finals Begin....

Gonna be posting a lot in the next week.... lots of projects are due.

Here is the final for my Intro to 3D Animation class (based somewhat on this design).

Mermaid from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Talking Pear

Talking Pear from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Blend shapes assignment for my Intro to 3D Animation class. Fun times. Thank you, papa Weasley.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


First assignment for my Intro to 3D Animation class. We had to (or got to?) animate without a rig.

Warning! from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Oh, and congrats to Pixar for Up's Best Picture nomination! Good luck Carl!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rupert is ALIVE!!!!

Here is my final for Barry Zundel's Character Creation class. This is the culmination of dozens of hours of work all semester-- designing, modeling, texturing, rigging, and, finally, animating. Hope you enjoy it!

Rupert Discovers His Tail... from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Animation

Here is the final for the aforementioned class taught by Cynthia. It may not show, but I've learned a TON!!!
(Sorry-- it's a bit small, still rough, has weird aspect ratio issues and is a bit light! But other than that....)